What’s on Frida’s shelves

As it’s been the holiday season we have spent a fair amount of time at home recently. I only updated her Montessori shelves a week and a half ago but given she has spent so much time in her playroom and I’ve been able to observe her a lot, I thought I would change them up a little bit.

Please excuse the dreadful photo quality – I took these photos by artificial light as I had a few minutes to write this post and didn’t want to waste the precious opportunity!

Currently on her work shelves: 

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A basket of family photos. I printed and laminated some photos of our family for her to look at. I thought she would enjoy these and also that it would mean she learns to recognise extended family members who she only sees every couple of weeks.

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“Tissue box” of chiffon scarves. I love the Montessori idea that your child should work with beautiful objects, but sadly this is not a great beauty. I cobbled together a small cardboard box with some brown tape and tied together some chiffon scarves for her to pull out. When I showed it to her earlier today she didn’t seem very interested so I will enjoy watching her to see if she returns to it much. If she likes it I will try and make her a more beautiful version!

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“Sea” theme basket. I added a blue chiffon scarf, Moby Dick babylit board book, sea turtle moving postcard, and a soft crab. She loves the turtle card so much already.

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Shape puzzle. This simple second hand puzzle is great for Frida to practice her pincer grip as the knobs are quite small. She has enjoyed playing with this recently so I thought I would leave it on her shelves so she has constant access to it.

I have also left a couple of her favourite activities from the last set:

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Basket of jars containing wooden beads / lentils / rice. Frida still enjoys taking these out of the basket, shaking them vigorously and generally moving and exploring them. I might keep these in here but change up the contents soon.

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Wooden pop-up toy. Frida still hasn’t got the hang of making the little figures pop up, but this is a real favourite at the moment and she seems to find it a very pleasing object.

I really enjoy watching Frida engage with the items and objects on her shelves, seeing which ones bring her repeated joy and which ones don’t seem to spark delight. I also love looking a what other parents are putting out for their little ones – there is lots of inspiration out there! My absolute favourite Montessori blog is the hugely successful How We Montessori, a must read for every parent, not just those trying to follow Montessori principles. Although Kylie’s children are older than Frida, her blog is a phenomenal resource.

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